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US seeks extradition of Akasha sons in narcotics case

Baktash, Ibrahim, Goswani and Hussein at Mombasa Law Courts on November 10, 2014/CFM NEWS

Baktash, Ibrahim, Goswani and Hussein at Mombasa Law Courts on November 10, 2014/CFM NEWS

MOMBASA, Kenya, Nov 11 – The United States government has now requested Kenya to extradite two sons of slain drug baron Ibrahim Akasha to stand trial in America for alleged trafficking in narcotics.

Baktash Akasha Abdalla and Ibrahim Akasha Abdalla are facing possible extradition alongside two other suspects, Vijaygiri Anandgiri Goswani and Kulam Hussein.

The four were arrested in Mombasa at the weekend.

Kenya’s State Counsel Alexander Muteti told a Mombasa Court on Tuesday the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions received the notice on November 10 requesting Kenya to co-operate by executing the provisional arrest of the four for purposes of extradition.

“We have been served with notices through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to enforce the arrest of four individuals to stand trial in America,” he told the court.

He said the four are under an Interpol Red Notice for allegedly engaging in narcotics trade.

However lawyers representing the suspects, Cliff Ombeta and Gikandi Ngibuini, objected to allegations that their clients are on an Interpol watch list.

The lawyers asked the State to produce a copy of notice in court as evidence when the matter resumed in court on Tuesday afternoon.

Muteti said the Kenya government was a signatory to an international treaty on drug enforcement and would comply with the arrest and extradition of the four suspects.

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The four are wanted in the US where they are facing charges of conspiring to import narcotics.

“They are wanted to stand trial in the US District Court Eastern District of New York. They are subject of indictment in which they are charged with conspiracy to import narcotics,” charges against them indicate.

The documents further states that Gowsami is also facing two counts of conspiring to import Methamphetamine in violation of United States laws on October 28, 2014.

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